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Buyer's Guide

Monitor Buyer's Guide

Anti-Glare Screens

Learn about 3 inch thick monitors that help conserve desk space, or accessories like monitor risers and swivel arms that help position your monitor more eregonomically. Did you know that glare filters can help reduce eyestrain or that screen magnifiers can help people with poor vision? Read more below in our overview of monitors and accessories.

Monitor Types


CRT Monitors
CRT (Cathode Tube Display) Monitors are the traditional monitors that most people associate with computer use. They feature a curved glass display housed in a rather bulky and space-consuming box.

LCD Monitors
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), or "flat screen," monitors, are gaining popularity quickly as they feature a clean display and are far less space-consuming than their CRT counterpart. LCDs are considered ergonomically superior to CRTs.

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Glare Screen
Glare screens, or anti-glare filters, are attached directly to the monitor and serve to reduce the glare caused by light. They can help reduce eyestrain and fatigue by reducing the amount you squint. Glare screens vary by their transmission (how light or dark they are) and by how they filter the light (e.g. circular polarizing vs. conventional quarter wavelength transmission reduction).

Monitor Arm
Monitor arms, also called "swivel arms" or "swing arms," provide an adjustable arm attached to a platform on which you place your monitor. This allows you to easily position the monitor at the proper focal distance and viewing height. You can also reposition the monitor depending on whether you're standing or sitting (or if you move into different positions throughout the day). Monitor arms can free up desk space by lifting the monitor off of the desk, and allow you to swing the monitor out of the way to provide an unobstructed forward view (good for bankers, managers, or anyone else who interacts with customers or employees).

Monitor Stand
Monitor stands, also called "monitor risers" or "monitor blocks," provide a platform upon which a user can place a monitor to provide additional height, thus bringing the monitor into the recommended position. Many monitor stands are height-adjustable, and some feature drawers or cut-out areas underneath to increase available desk space.

Monitor Mounted Document Holder
Most document holders support papers or books on your work surface. However, some document holders attach directly to the monitor; this helps keep them in your "line of sight" while working, minimizing the amount you need to twist or turn your neck.

Screen Magnifier
Screen magnifiers are placed directly in front of the monitor screen to provide an enlarged display. These can be especially useful for people who have difficulty viewing their screen (such as those with small monitors).

Computer Glasses
"Computer glasses" are eyeglasses fitted with special lenses that are the most appropriate for viewing a monitor; they may be able to help you reduce fatigue and improve your comfort level. (However, when dealing with any vision issue, always be sure to visit a qualified eyecare professional).

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